Chris Gingrich: Fantasy fix
October 29, 2008
This week I’m changing it up a little, and I’m going to give all the Fantasy Football players a break from digging through stats to find the best matchups for their players every week. These user-friendly defenses have been letting players rack up a lot of fantasy points against them, and the trend should continue the rest of the season.
Allowing the most points per game this season is the Detroit Lions who give up an average of 31.2 points per game. The next four teams with the highest points per game allowed averages are the Houston Texans, the St. Louis Rams, the Seattle Seahawks and the San Francisco 49ers.
Seattle faces Philadelphia in Week 9, and I predict another great game from Mr. Versatile, Brian Westbrook. I also believe that Tim Hightower of the Arizona Cardinals will have a good game against the St. Louis Rams run defense that allows 161.5 rushing yards per game.
The Kansas City Chiefs lead the league in most rushing yards allowed with 207 per game. The Detroit Lions, St. Louis Rams, Denver Broncos and the Indianapolis Colts all fall in line behind the Chiefs allowing anywhere from 167 yards rushing per game (Detroit Lions) to 153 rushing yards per game (Indianapolis Colts).
There are a couple free agents available that could have big weeks against soft run defenses in Week 9. My first pick would be Warrick Dunn, of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, going up against the Kansas City Chiefs porous run defense. He should have a productive day with at least 65 yards and a touchdown. My second pick would have to go to Sammy Morris, of the New England Patriots. Morris is going up against a Colts defense that allows 153 rushing yards per game to opposing running backs. Morris should have a very good day with at least 100 yards rushing and 1 touchdown.
The top 5 teams for most passing yards allowed per game starts off with somewhat of a surprise as the San Diego Chargers lead the way by giving up 254 passing yards per game. Following close behind are the Detroit Lions (251 yards), Chicago Bears (243), the Seattle Seahawks (242) and the Denver Broncos with 240 yards passing allowed per game. You have to be happy if you’re starting Kyle Orton against the Lions, Donovan McNabb against the Seahawks or Chad Pennington against the Broncos this week.
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I hope these lists of the weakest defenses in the NFL help you on your way to having a great fantasy football season.
Craig resident and Fantasy Fix columnist Chris Gingrich can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.